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5.0 out of 5 stars A convenient way to make really fresh whipped cream and espumas, February 19, 2011
This review is from: iSi 2470 Thermo Whip Whip Cream Whipper (Kitchen)
I read and followed the instructions included with the thermal whipper. What a pleasant surprise when I made my first batch of fresh whipped cream. And I can pronounce all the ingredients! Let's see, heavy whipping cream, sugar, vanilla and NO2 (propellant). One of the keys to whipped cream is that there has to be enough fat in the dairy (so half-and-half doesn't work). My whipped cream lasted the full 10 days. But always make sure to shake the dispenser to move the whipped contents down towards the dispensing head. I still had a lot of whipped cream still stuck at the bottom of the bottle after I thought there was no more cream.

The whipped cream dispenser comes with three dispensing tips, two rubber washers (white for cold, red for hot), a NO2 cartridge cap, cap for covering the NO2 valve for normal use, a cleaning brush if you need to clean out the dispensing head's nozzle or dispensing tips, instruction and recipe booklet. Changing the white rubber washer is easy since it has a pull ring: the red washer for some reason doesn't have a pull ring. I see that the iSi Professional Food & Cream Gourmet Whipper - Brushed Stainless Steel comes with only a red washer and the washer has a pull tab. But you have to put the bottle in either a ice or hot water bath between use since it's not a vacuum bottle.

I see that iSi also makes a set of two needle tips with covers. I'll need to try those out for making stuff like cannelloni.

The important thing to always do before charging with a NO2 cartridge is to put a dispensing tip on the dispenser head. Properly putting on that dispensing tip (no need to torque down, tighten just to the point where the tip seats onto the valve stem) closes the value so no NO2 escapes out during charging. And for my pint of whipped cream, I used only one NO2 cartridge. I think that 0.5 liter / 1 pint size is just the right size for home use.

I bought the iSi 9012 The Trick with the Whip- Creations Cookbook. The "Trick" book has more recipe ideas than the recipe booklet that was provided with my thermal whipper especially when it came to the hot or savory preparations like espumas. But I think it's overpriced. The book likes like something that I could have got as a part of a iSi gift bundle The included recipe booklet was mostly for cold or sweet items except for one hot sweet recipe.

I think my iSi whipped cream dispensers were still made in Austria (the new ones are Made in China).

PROS:
Thermos like container helps keep cold preparations cold and hot preparations hot as advertised without the need of an ice or hot water bath (unless you think you need it).

Heavy weight double walled stainless should not dent easily if dropped. If you like polished stainless, this is the one to get.

You use fresher and healthier ingredients you can pronounce.
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